Live Tonight: Cahalen and Eli, Summer Meltdown Festival, Cabana, The Chasers

Cabana This local four-piece incorporates a lot of Northwest rock touchstones from the past 20 or so years—layered, reverb-heavy guitars, easygoing melodicism, and an overall feeling of open-road wanderlust. That might sound a little derivative, but hey, Built to Spill is still a good band. With Lures, Peeping Tomboys. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $6. ANDREW GOSPE

Cahalen and Eli Some Pacific Northwest groups sure seem old-timey, but it turns out they’re just poor; given the chance, your average banjo-wielding Ballardeer will plug in a MPC and hire an orchestra if given the budget. Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are different. Last year’s Our Lady of the Tall Trees, the duo’s second full-length, proved the two steadfast in their adherence to the roots, equipped with little more than a few acoustic instruments, a foundation in folk tropes, and a respect for the beauty of simplicity. Expect to hear some of those songs as well as new stuff, since West and Morrison are currently working on a new album with an eye on a January 2014 release. The two Northwesterners will also be joined by similarly resolute roots duo Pharis & Jason Romero, from B.C., who will play a set and then join the boys for a few foursomes. That’s about as complicated as it’s gonna get. Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $13. All ages. MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Chasers The list of tags on the Chasers’ Bandcamp page says all one needs to know about their sound: “hard rock,” “loud and fun,” “rock,” “rock n roll,” “chasers.” The only thing missing from their description is “grunge voice.” With Vibe Warrior, Evening Bell. Sunset Tavern. 8:30 p.m. $6. AG

Summer Meltdown Festival Having spiraled outward from its jam-rock core and long since shifted from its original home on San Juan Island to Darrington, the Summer Meltdown Festival, now in its 13th year, has ballooned to become a multigenre, medium-scale weekend production. The family-friendly Meltdown has had more competition than usual this year for midsummer music/camping dollars thanks to the first annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, two weeks earlier in nearby Carnation, Wash. This weekend’s lineup—more diverse than Timber!’s—should be able to grab a much broader group of festivalgoers; from folk titans Cave Singers and jam-heavy Meltdown founders True Spokes (formerly Flowmotion) on over to premier local electronic outfits Beat Connection and Blue Sky Black Death to the classic Cali hip-hop of Chali 2na and contemporary New York dub-steppers Break Science, the festival covers a ton of musical ground. Between acts, be sure to take a clothing-optional dip in the river, and enjoy late-night laser installments by Slick Lasers. Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater. $150 weekend pass, $50–$65 daily, through Sunday. All ages. TODD HAMM

 
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